Culture & Community Circle Workshops

Spring 2023

Upcoming Events:

To join any of the Culture and Community Circle workshops, download the flyer and click on the zoom link to register.


Creating a Sense of Belonging 

May 5, 2023 

11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. 

Presented by: Lucio Lira 

Join us and learn ways to show allyship and support for LGBTQIA+ students, faculty, and staff in your classroom, department, and campus spaces. 

Register for the Creating a Sense of Belonging Zoom event.


The Filipina/o/x American Diaspora  

May 9, 2023 

10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. 

Presented by: James Diokno 

The Filipina/o/x American Diaspora This workshop will present an overview of one of the fastest growing ethnic groups in the US and in California. Special emphasis will be given on understanding why this community has been established in the US, the challenges we have faced, and contributions of our community to the United States. The presentation welcomes questions and interactive dialogue!  

Register for the The Filipina/o/x American Diaspora Zoom workshop


Career Services Workshop 

May 10, 2023 

1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. 

Presented by: Lena Heckbert 

What does it look like when your values, practices, and identity conflict with the weighty word, “professional”? Does it require compromise or can both co-exist? In this workshop we’ll discuss how to be confident in your own identity and simultaneously progress in a successful career. 

Register for the Career Services Zoom Workshop


Asian Americans and Mental Health 

May 11, 2023 

2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. 

Presented by: Marc Pescadera 

This workshop will include a very brief historical outline of Asian & Pacific Islander populations in the US. We will discuss and address challenges in mental health such as: the model minority myth, cultural stigmas, family dynamics and discrimination.  

Register for the Asian Americans and Mental Health Zoom workshop.


Pronouns 101 

May 12, 2023 

12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. 

Presented by: Lucio Lira, M.S., APCC 

Why are pronouns important? How do I know what pronouns to use? What if I make a mistake? Join us and learn more about pronouns.  

Register for the Pronouns 101 Zoom event


Mental Health Awareness Month: Stigma on Therapy through a Multicultural Lens 

May 16, 2023 

1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. 

Presented by: Tasneem Alhomsy and Tori Doan 

May is Mental Health Awareness month. The presenters will discuss what mental health awareness looks like, particularly through a multicultural lens. The presenters will also bring awareness of how mental health is viewed differently amongst different lenses (particularly our own cultures); and how we were able to access help for our mental health.  

Register for the Stigma on Therapy through a Multicultural Lens Zoom event


Adulting 101: Transition into Adulthood 

May 22, 2023 

12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Presented by: Daniel Fernandez 

Have you ever felt anxious about what life looks like after school? School teaches everyone how to read English, solve algebra equations, and when the U.S gained independence. When does school teach us how to navigate the world? In honor of Mental Health Awareness Month, come learn how our own mental health contributes to our ability to thrive as an adult. 

Register for the Adulting 101 Zoom event.


Open Mic 

May 25, 2023 

12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Location: Library, 2nd Floor Room (C-219) 

Presented by: Library, the Creative Writing Club, and the Young, Gifted, and Black Club. 

Come celebrate the power of our individual voices. Share any of your work, thoughts, or interests by taking the mic or just drop in to listen or make new friends. 


Safe Zones Training 

May 25, 2023 

1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. 

Presented by: Tania Jabour and Nancy Jennings 

The Safe Zones training program is an ally training that brings awareness of LGBTQIA issues and provides insight on improving campus climate. Participants will have the opportunity to become allies after completing the training. 

Register for the Safe Zones Training Zoom event.


Mental Health in the AAPI Community 

May 26, 2023 

2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Presented by: Manmeet Kaur and Xaime Equihua 

Please join us in discussing the barriers for the AAPI community in receiving mental health services and ways we can support/honor the AAPI community. 

Register for the Mental Health in the AAPI Community Zoom event.


Previous Culture and Community Circle Events



College Hour - The Sounds of Blackness 

Spring 2023




Dissecting Equity: The Legacy of the 20th Century Civil Rights Movement

Presented by:  Yaa Faraji


Women’s History Panel

Presented by: Moriah Gozalez-Meeks, Instructor, Cuyamaca and Marissa Salazar, Instructor, Cuyamaca College




 Women Mentoring Women: Mentoring and Fostering Relations are a Key to Your Success

Presented by: Dr. Kimberely Fletcher, Instructor, SDSU